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North American potato experts share ideas on the importance of healthy seed

Ideal growing conditions, optimum fertility, pest and disease control – all these things are crucial to ensure a high-yielding, healthy potato crop. But before the seed goes in the ground, it’s crucial growers ensure the seed they’re planting is as healthy as possible. Spud Smart magazine gathered 5 expert opinions on why it’s important potato growers plant the best seed they can get their hands on. “Seed is the cornerstone of potato production,” notes Steven Johnson, crops specialist and extension professor at the University of Maine. “The same production costs are put into a crop from poor seed as in a crop from good seed, but the yields can be drastically different.” Michel Camps, commercial potato grower in southern Alberta, has developed good relationships with his seed growers. “I usually make a point to go and visit my seed growers,” he says. “That gives me a good idea about what size profile we’re dealing with. Also, it’s a good time to check the seed to ensure there aren’t any disease issues.” More